Sunday, April 09, 2006

The Great White Wardo

Professor Ward Churchill of the University of Colorado at Boulder claims that he has American Indian heritage. He is supported in his claim by a racist site called

Aztlan calls the American flag the "Betsy Rosstein flag" to suggest that America is ruled by the Jews. The flag has the Star of David on it and skulls.

It doesn't seem to me that Aztlan is really trying to help poor illegal Indian immigrants get legal status and eventual citizenship. Aztlan's agenda seems anti-American, anti-Israel, and pro-terrorist.

I believe that the excellent research done on Churchill's ancestry by the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado has it about right. They find no evidence that Churchill has Indian ancestry.,1299,DRMN_15_3841949,00.html

The Aztlan site claims that Ward Churchill's DNA was tested and that the test demonstrated that he had Indian ancestry on both his mother and father's side. Aztlan said that the company that did the testing can't be named due to death threats, so there is no proof that any test was done at all.

I think that if a blood test had demonstrated that Ward Churchill had Cherokee and Creek ancestry, Ward Churchill would have made this information available to the whole World Wide Web. I doubt that there were any death threats against labs that test DNA.

I read the Rocky Mountain News research and the unsubstantiated claims of Aztlan. I think that the Aztlan site is not telling the truth, but I am posting their claims so that people can see that their flimsy assertions are totally unsupported by any evidence.

[Cited in full for scholarly purposes]

Ward Churchill tests positive for Indigenous genetic markers

by Ernesto Cienfuegos

La Voz de Aztlan

Los Angeles, Alta California - February 7, 2005 - (ACN) The results of a much awaited ancestry genetic test of embattled American Indian scholar Ward Churchill conclusively proves that the professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder is in fact of both Creek and Cherokee descent. Professor Churchill has recently been the victim of a campaign of disinformation claiming that he was not a Native American.

Genetic science has progressed to the point that it is now possible to determine ones ancestry on both the father's and mother's side. "Gene Genealogy" now offers a universal and verifiable method of tracing genetic lineage and the ability to scientifically confirm biological relationships as well as uncover genetic legacies dating back thousands of years. Genetic material belonging to Professor Ward Churchill underwent the following three testing protocols:

1)The mtDNA Test: A test of female lineage. mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) is passed down from mother to child. Men have their mother’s mtDNA, but do not pass it on to their children. The mtDNA test can tell a man or a woman about their maternal lineage and the geographic origin of that lineage.

2) Y Tests: Only men carry the y-chromosome, which is inherited through the paternal line. Analysis of the DNA on the y-chromosome tells a man his paternal lineage and the likely geographic origin of that lineage.

3) Genome-wide Test: Is essentially an analysis of autosomal DNA that gives you a general idea of your ancestry among broad groups (ie. African, Asian, European, Native American).

The laboratory that performed the tests on Professor Churchill's genetic material specializes on American Indian "Gene Genealogy" and has one of the most extensive Native American mtDNA and y-chromosome databases. The human race consists of approximately 30 major maternal lineages (haplogroups) and Native Americans belong to one of five major maternal lineages (haplogroups). Also, the human population consists of approximately 18 major paternal lineages (haplogroups) and Native Americans belong to one of two major paternal lineages (haplogroups).

The genetic test results of Professor Ward Churchill show that he is a descendant of Creeks through his father and of Cherokees through his mother. A copy of the test results was forwarded to La Voz de Aztlan under conditions of confidentiality. Because of credible death threats to an east coast college where Professor Churchill was scheduled to speak, it was requested that the name of the genetic laboratory not be released.


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